VACAVILLE, CA - A man was shot and killed by Vacaville police Thursday night after leading officers on a short car chase.
Police received a call from two residents about a suspicious person making threats in a south Vacaville neighborhood. When officers got to the scene around 7:15 p.m., they approached located the person in question in a maroon Geo Metro leaving the neighborhood at a high rate of speed, said Lt. Ian Schmutzler.
The man, identified by police on Friday as 24-year-old Kendall Walker of Fairfield, failed to heed officers' efforts to pull over, and a short chase ensued. Walker drove around spike strips police placed on the road, then turned around and drove toward a police officer, Schmutzler said. The officer jumped out of the way.
A second effort to stop Walker with a PIT maneuver failed and again, he accelerated his car toward officers, Schmutzler said. Another PIT maneuver did stop Walker near Ulatis and Christine drives.
At that point, Schmutzler said Walker got out of his car, wielding a knife and hammer. Officers told him to stop, but Walker continued to approach officers in an aggressive manner.
One officer then shot Walker, killing him.
The incident only lasted about 15 minutes.
It was unclear why the man was in the area or why he ran from police.